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Lecture by Eric Bentley, Dec. 2, 1958

Author: Eric Bentley
Publisher: Dec. 2, 1958.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : Reel-to-reel tape : English
Publication:Playright lecture series.
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Bentley, a critic and a playwright, discusses the issue of whether playwriting can be taught just like any other subject, the importance of good education, and transformations in trends and tastes that affect popularity and therefore result in the changes of successful formulas. Bentley talks about the combination of the knowledge of the theatrical side with the sociability and long solitude as an important aspect  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Lectures
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Eric Bentley; Eric Bentley
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Bentley
OCLC Number: 808841629
In: New Dramatists, Inc
Notes: Compact discs.
Performer(s): Eric Bentley, lecturer.
Event notes: Recorded at the Coronet Theatre, NYC, Dec 2, 1958.
Description: 2 sound discs : digital, mono. ; 4 3/4 in.
Other Titles: New Dramatists Playright lecture series.

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Bentley, a critic and a playwright, discusses the issue of whether playwriting can be taught just like any other subject, the importance of good education, and transformations in trends and tastes that affect popularity and therefore result in the changes of successful formulas. Bentley talks about the combination of the knowledge of the theatrical side with the sociability and long solitude as an important aspect of successful playwriting, the value of familiarity with classical masters in order to write successful modern drama, and analyzes various dramatists and schools of modern drama. He compares naturalistic theatre to the classical one and speaks about the originality of writing. Bentley answers oral and written questions such as what the role of a critic is, should public acclaim be the main aim, should dramatists make compromises for productions, actors and venues, how and why dramatists' political affiliation to communism and socialism is important, and other professional and technical questions.

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